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“Fresh and delicious with a bonus” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sofia Restaurante Mediterraneo Arte & Cultura

Sofia Restaurante Mediterraneo Arte & Cultura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $48
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Mediterranean is our reason of being, with a wider concept that doesn't only include the food but also the health, the arts, the conversations and the friendships that are born in our table. Our influences come from the culinary and culturally richness of 22 Mediterranean countries.
Willemstad, Curacao
1 review
“Fresh and delicious with a bonus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

This restaurant lies close to the centre of San José and serves fantastic fresh food with a Turkish twist. Owner Mehmet Onuralp was vey friendly and helped us bij choosing from the menu. He made fresh tomatosauce for our daughter's spaghetti while she doubted over the houmous and wild rice. The meals were really excellent, fresh, tasteful. But most of all we loved the sweet antique music they had and the fact that there were no sharp lights but soft lightning. Together with the lovely glass of white wine we had, it was the best meal we had in Costa Rica. Our son was delighted by the genuine lemon he had for dessert, which was filled with homemade lemonice.
We highly recommand Sofia!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Elly B
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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“Visit with my Turkish background!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

When I heard of Aya Sofya after retiring to Costa Rica from San Jose CA, USA I told my self "you are a luck dog"!!! A Turkish restaurant in Costa Rica?????

With my family and friends we enjoyed the conversation with Hasan and Mehmet, enjoyed the wines and most important enjoyed the food..Real and tasty Turkish food.

Great place to relax.. Next time it is going to be a "RAKI" night for me!!!!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OldTurk
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Varese
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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Belly dancing - soso except for....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

We were two couples, had reserved for a special mediteranean food and a show of belly dancing. We had excellent food, well presented and tasteful. Probably the best we had experienced in the country.
There were 3 belly dancers of which the two first ones could not be quoted as such. We've lived many years in the Middle East and pretend experience. The third and last dancer was superb: elegant, fine, perfect technique. She totally made up with her performance what had been lacking with the previous girls.
The evening wasn't cheap, we enjoyed the meal and service, and the 3rd belly dancer.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thinkcostarica
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Istanbul, Turkey
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196 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“I have been eating here every time I am in San Jose, just great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

I have known over the years Hasan and Mehmet and cannot put in words how great the food is in the restaurant that has become like a meeting point for me. Ambiance has always been top and the cultural events are something you cannot find anywhere else. Apart from Turkish food, you can taste other plates from all countries surrounding the Mediterranean. The neighborhood Barrio Escalante is becoming more and more as a center for gourmet cuisine and Sofia is placed right in the middle of that. Don't miss!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Istanbulapt
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San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
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“wonderful atmosphere and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

This place is one of the few restaurants in San Jose with both a welcoming and warm atmosphere and amazing food. The terrace is always full of interesting people from Costa Rica and all over the world. This is an excellent place to meet people and spend hours listening to live music, eating delicious food (I recommend the appetizers (vegetarian!), the lamb dishes or the fresh pastas and cheeses (vegetarian) (made by Rosela- a local Italian woman!) - and they have truly excellent coffee! ah or the egg plant with mozarella (vegetarian) and chatting with the welcoming owners, Mehmet and Hasan. If you are not sure what to order, just ask Mehmet for a recommendation - you can tell he enjoys describing the details of each dish to the guests and helps you find just what you are looking for. Most weekends feature a special event with live music or a cultural night featuring the food, music and culture of a Mediterranean city. This a a warm and welcoming place with great food and service. I recommend it to everyone.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank anya88
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